erb-B2 as a Therapeutic Target

  • Robert Mass
Part of the Cancer Drug Discovery and Development book series (CDD&D)


Trastuzumab is a humanized monoclonal antibody that targets the type 1 tyrosine kinase receptor erb-B2 and has demonstrated survival benefit when used in combination with chemotherapy in the treatment of metastatic, HER2 overexpressing breast cancer. This chapter reviews the history of the development of trastuzumab including the biology of HER signaling, the technical issues of antibody “humanization,” the diagnostic challenges in developing “targeted” therapeutic agents, and the clinical data that led to the approval of this agent for patients with HER2 overexpressing breast cancer.

Key Words

Breast cancer HER2 erb-B2 trastuzumab monoclonal antibody targeted therapy 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Robert Mass
    • 1
  1. 1.Genentech, Inc.South San FranciscoUSA

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